Principle 6 Civic and Community Engagement
Key Element A Community Engagement & Philanthropy

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A concrete way in which an organization can improve women's lives in the communities in which it does business is through philanthropic giving and community involvement. Philanthropic foundations associated with the organization should adhere to gender equality through all donations, grant-making, programmatic initiatives, and investments.

Organizations should encourage their employees to volunteer in the community as well, with a specific focus on working on women's and girls' issues. Finally, in many communities around the world, women are still struggling to exercise their basic rights to participate in public life. Employers and the business community in general should be strong advocates for promoting and protecting those rights. By working towards a safer and more positive environment for women the organization can help create more stable and progressive communities for their own development.

There are 7 indicators for this element.
Indicator 1

Support female employee participation in civic affairs, including providing paid time off for participation (e.g., jury duty, voting).

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Indicator 2

Establish a non-discrimination and non-retaliation policy that protects female employees' ability to participate in union-related activities, and educate all employees about this policy.

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Indicator 3

Leverage organization's expertise and assets, including brand, employees, supplier base, technology, and funding, to support women's initiatives. Encourage and support female employees to volunteer in the community, especially as role models to girls, and recognize and publicize their contributions to the community.

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Indicator 4

Analyze the organization's philanthropic initiatives to determine the amount and percentage of donations and grants that impact women and girls.

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Indicator 5

Prioritize community investments that promote the education and advancement of women and girls, particularly in non-traditional areas, and other community groups working for the advancement of women. Develop monitoring mechanisms to ensure philanthropic funding is being given ethically, responsibly, and in alliance with gender equality.

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Indicator 6

Ensure that women have representation on governance and decision-making bodies that engage and invest in the community.

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Indicator 7

Connect diversity staff with the community/philanthropy staff to ensure that diversity, including gender, is part of community initiatives and philanthropic giving.

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